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Charlie, take that hat and throw it in the ring to be our starter in 2011!
We know Pete Carroll’s mantras “always compete” and “buy in” are a prevalent part of the Seahawks mindset; those attitudes are not conducive to producing losing results, unless the whole is less than the sum of its parts.
But Seattle is in rebuilding mode, and the downside of rebuilding is losing—the upside being a high draft pick.
Looking ahead, the unknown lies in how Whitehurst will perform, the known being that Seattle will either find its answer in Whitehurst and maintain its winning ways, or the team has a path in place towards finding the quarterback/s of the future.
The organization felt the 2011 draft was not the time to fill the position, the team still thin in too many areas. Now is the best opportunity to give 2011 third-round pick Charlie Whitehurst his chance to start.
However, given that from the "no Hasselbeck" perspective we acknowledge that the future at the quarterback position is now, highlighting a recent rumor is appropriate: the report that Seattle has offered first- and third-round picks for Kevin Kolb. When exactly this rumored offer took place we don't know.
Dave Mahler of KJR was the person who broke the rumor; in a previous interview with Mahler, Carroll had this to say about hypothetically "mortgaging the future" using multiple first-round picks, or something of that nature, to acquire a quarterback:
For that position yes. If he’s the right guy and can really lead you and command the position like the great players have been able to do, then it’s totally worth it. That player being available is a whole different question—is there somebody out there that is like that? But it is so important that whatever it takes to get the guy, you get him in my mind. And John feels the same way about that.
This in-depth, informative article, which draws upon the knowledge of NFL films’ Greg Cosell, breaking down Kolb’s career performance was released within 24 hours of the trade rumors surfacing. Cosell tabs Kolb's upside as a Matt Hasselbeck-type player.
Many Seahawks fans may say, “A first and third for Kolb, what?!” I agree that’s a steep price given the potential upside of losing.
Seattle has been linked to Kolb continually throughout the Carroll/Schneider regime; if a trade for Kolb is inevitable, a more sensible package could be a combination of mid-round picks and/or a player.
Has Seattle decided during the past two months it is indeed ready to mortgage parts of the 2012 and/or 2013 draft to begin the future in 2011? Maybe making a major move for a quarterback in 2011 free agency was part of the plan all along.
If Kolb—or anyone else—is their guy, especially after months of extra time to evaluate, Carroll's comments suggest they will pursue their man. They pursued Whitehurst last year. This rumor is the type of aggressive move that would signify the future at the quarterback position is truly beginning now.
If Carroll and Schneider decide for better or worse that the future at quarterback starts now, the Seahawks will be better off without Matt Hasselbeck.
I will post part two of this article, as we potentially near the end of the speculative discussion surrounding the Seahawks quarterback situation and the transition into 2011, coming soon.